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Platinum National Sponsor

VSP GlobalSM is a complementary group of leading companies, working together to meet and exceed the needs of eyecare professionals, clients, and our more than 58 million members. Combining the strength and expertise of each of these companies, VSP Global provides benefits, services, products, and solutions that are unparalleled in the optical industry. Eyecare professionals, who are on the front line of patient care, look to VSP Global as a trusted partner to deliver the very best patient experience and to ensure an exceptional relationship between eyecare provider and patient. The VSP Global companies include VSP® Vision Care, Marchon® Eyewear and Altair® Eyewear, Eye Designs, Eyefinity® and VSP Optics Group.

Platinum National In-kind Sponsor

Vision Source is the nation's premier network of independent doctors of optometry with more than 3,000 doctors in over 1,500 practices across the United States and Canada. Each Vision Source practice is dedicated to maintaining the special relationship between a patient and his or her family eye doctor.

Project Funding Partner

The Alcon Foundation focuses on partnering with non-profit organizations that make a difference in advancing eye health, research and education, as well as enhancing access to quality eye care around the world.

Gold National Sponsor

Essilor is the leading manufacturer and wholesale distributor of optical lenses in the United States. In 1996, with the establishment of Essilor Laboratories of America, Inc. (Essilor Labs), Essilor became the first fully integrated optical company in the United States, specializing in ophthalmic lens production, manufacturing and distribution in addition to wholesale optical laboratory operations. Essilor has a strong commitment to corporate citizenship and as a leader in the industry takes responsibility to help ensure that people in all parts of the world have access to quality vision care.

Gold National Sponsor

One of the oldest continually operating companies in the US today, Bausch + Lomb traces its roots to 1853, when John Jacob Bausch, a German immigrant, set up a tiny optical goods shop in Rochester, New York. When he needed more money to keep the business going, Bausch borrowed $60 from his good friend, Henry Lomb. Bausch promised that if the business grew, Lomb would be made a full partner. The business did grow and the partnership was formed. Although products and times have changed, Bausch + Lomb still adheres to the legacy of dedication to innovation, quality, and craftsmanship established by John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb. In August 2013, Bausch + Lomb became the eye care division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

Gold National In-kind Sponsor

The Jobson Medical Information Optical Group (“Jobson”) is a premier integrated healthcare information and communication services provider which includes publications like Review of Optometry®, Review of Ophthalmology®, VisionMonday®, 20/20 Magazine®, LabTalk® and others, and is well known for its deep understanding of the needs of eye care professionals.

Gold National In-kind Sponsor

PentaVision LLC is a privately owned, innovative vision care information company based in suburban Philadelphia, PA. PentaVision publishes six leading eye care magazines, including Eyecare Business, Optometric Management, Contact Lens Spectrum, Ophthalmology Management, Retinal Physician and Ophthalmic Professional; creates a full range of dynamic e-media products; and produces proprietary eye care meetings including the Global Specialty Lens Symposium, the Optometric Management Symposium on Contemporary Eye Care, and the Retinal Physician Symposium.

Key Project Partner

Approximately 670 million people worldwide are functionally blind or visually impaired because they do not have a pair of eyeglasses. The lack of vision translates to failing at school, jobs, health and personal lives. Those who cannot see are too often mired in poverty. We travel the developing world and the U.S. providing free quality vision care services through short-term clinics to those who need it. We also work to develop sustainable programs and local optometric capacity in the developing world in order to help local communities continue to provide quality vision care. Our goal is to eradicate untreated refractive error–that is– to help people see again by correcting their vision with glasses. And once they can see, they can improve the quality of their lives and their own vision for a future for generations to come.

Silver National Sponsor

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We have best-in-class products available in more than 100 countries across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal / Internal Medicine / Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; a growing franchise in Oncology; and an emerging, innovative pipeline in Ophthalmics. Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.

Silver National In-kind Sponsor

ABB OPTICAL GROUP is running a campaign for their customers and will donate 1% of ALL Digital Eye Lab sales for a 5-week period leading up to and through World Sight Day. Their staff will also participate in a variety of World Sight Day awareness activities. ABB Optical Group is the nation’s largest distributor of soft contact lenses. They supply more than two-thirds of Eye Care Professionals in America with brand name contact lenses, high grade ophthalmics and fully customizable Gas Permeable Lenses. With over 50 years of experience in manufacturing Gas Permeable Lenses, they bring the finest designs and most knowledgeable contact lens consultants to the marketplace.

Silver National In-kind Sponsor

First Vision Media Group, Inc. is a health care communications company based in Northern New Jersey. The company publishes magazines, supplements, and custom print products for the optical industry as well as providing electronic products such as web sites, e-mail newsletters, business-specific e-zine, and Internet-based education.

Supporter National Sponsor

All About Vision provides patient education about all aspects of eye health and enlightens visitors about the many options that can enhance their vision, and their lives. The website has been online for more than ten years and serves millions of visitors each year.

Supporter National Sponsor

The GP Lens Institute (GPLI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1985. The GPLI is dedicated to providing practitioners with educational and practice-building resources so they can share the many benefits of Gas Permeable (GP) and soft customized contact lenses with their patients. Resources provided include an extensive schools workshop program, monthly online webinars, patient brochures, stand-alone symposia, and a bimonthly newsletter, among others. The GPLI is led by its Executive Director, Dr. Edward Bennett, Assistant Dean and Co-Chief of the Contact Lens Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Optometry.

Supporter National Sponsor

The Healthy Vision Association (HVA) is dedicated to helping its members see well and be healthy by providing access that might not be available through employers to products, services and information that promote vision and overall health.

Supporter National Sponsor

EyePromise is the premier line of eye health and visual performance supplements to help you see your best. In everything we do, our focus is helping you see better. Whether you’re a doctor, individual consumer or athlete, continue below to find the EyePromise products and information that’s right for you.

Supporter National Sponsor

Panda was launched in 2012, offering innovative sunglasses where the ethical, environmental and social impact of the products were just as important as the design. For each purchase made, Panda makes a donation to Optometry Giving Sight, to help someone receive an eye exam and pair of glasses.

Supporter National In-kind Sponsor

International Vision Expo East, the worldwide conference and exhibition for eye care and eyewear, are trade-only events which draw more than 30,000 eye care professionals each year. Co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council, International Vision Expo gives back to the entire ophthalmic community. Proceeds from International Vision Expo are used by The Vision Council to educate consumers about the importance of vision care and the options in eyewear and other related products.

Supporter National In-kind Sponsor

International Vision Expo West, the worldwide conference and exhibition for eye care and eyewear, are trade-only events which draw more than 30,000 eye care professionals each year. Co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council, International Vision Expo gives back to the entire ophthalmic community. Proceeds from International Vision Expo are used by The Vision Council to educate consumers about the importance of vision care and the options in eyewear and other related products.

Supporter National In-kind Sponsor

INVISION, The magazine for American Eyecare Professionals, is the newest publication produced by SmartWork Media. The goal of SmartWork Media is to make sure that every minute our readers spend with one of our magazines counts. INVISION provides readers with a broad range of essential business-boosting ideas and information while remaining compulsively readable from front cover to back.



  • C. Edward Buffington - Founding Partner at The Buffington Company
  • Dr. Paul Karpecki - Director of Cornea Services and the Advanced Ocular Surface Disease Center, Lexington KY
  • Dr. Tracy Matchinski - President elect, VOSH International
  • Mark McKenna - Senior Vice President and General Manager, Salix Pharmaceuticals
  • Clive Miller - CEO, Optometry Giving Sight
  • Matt Oerding - Co-Founder and CEO Treehouse Eyes
  • Dr. Greg Pearl - Past President, VOSH International
  • Bryan Pinciaro - SVP & Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Vision Source
  • Ron Walker - Publisher, AllAboutVision
  • Jerry Warner - President, North America, CooperVision

Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Amir Khoshnevis - Carolina Family Eye Care / Administrator, North Carolina Vision Source
  • Dr. Moes Nasser - Willowbrook and Deerbrook Vision Source, Houston; Administrator, Vision Source
  • Dr. Art Epstein - Editor, Optometric Physician, Review of Contact Lenses
  • Dr. John McCall - SVP Vendor Relations Vision Source

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